François Chidaine Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2019
SPECIAL PRICE BUY 6 OR MORE. Revered producer from the Loire.
“...Chidaine is one of the world’s finest craftsmen in the medium of white wine, not to mention a continuing source of amazing value.” David Schildknecht, wine critic for Vinous & Wine Advocate.
François Chidaine is one of the France’s most exciting white wine makers. It’s not hype – the wines are terrific and the winemaking approach is impeccable. Great vineyards managed biodynamically, ultra low yields and ‘hands off’ élevage … wines of staggering texture and complexity. It gives you an idea of Chidaine’s standing in the Loire that when Benjamin Dagueneau wanted to gain experience as a younger man, he went to work with Chidaine. One of the remarkable aspects of Chidaine is that despite his success, his prices remain remarkably fair. As the Schildnecht quote above suggests, these are some of the finest value great wines (not to mention authentic wines of terroir) on the market. Chidaine is the widely acknowledged master of Montlouis sitting directly across from Vouvray on the Loire river in France’s North.
It’s no exaggeration to say that François Chidaine is revered in France for his pristine Chenin Blanc from Montlouis and Vouvray. For a fraction of the price of those wines, here we get a touch of Chidaine magic with a Sauvignon cropped from vines in Chissay-en-Touraine and Saint-Julien-de-Chédon, less than 10km from Montlouis. The viticulture here is strictly organic and biodynamic and the fruit is naturally fermented with a high degree of solids before maturation on its lees until bottling. As always with Chidaine, you get terroir first and the varietal second–we think you would be hard-pressed to pick this as a Sauvignon if offered the wine blind.
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At wine-fridge temperature it’s layered and pulpy and seductive but at standard fridge temp (much colder) it tightens up and becomes spicier. Regardless it’s packed with nectarine, nettle and lemon rind fruit. The depth of flavour is impressive, as is the bright, driven finish. As you might expect from this illustrious producer, this is impressive for the price.
RRP $38 **SPECIAL PRICE WHEN YOU BUY 6 OR MORE … $30.50
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